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@NihilistOakland finds meaning in Oakland life

Forbes Digital Plaza is a common target of @NihilistOakland

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

Forbes Digital Plaza is every bit as mysterious as it is flashy. The square’s meagerly lit screens, oddly placed Top 40 hits coming from nowhere and seemingly defunct, blank screens — despite opening last November — is a target for pointing fingers as a waste of money. The absurdity of the situat...

Paperback writers: new Pitt course turns students into authors

Terry Tan | Senior Staff Illustrator

By Sarah Schneider / for The Pitt News

February 18, 2016

Katelyn Prosachik’s dream growing up was to be a government spy — but while that dream hasn’t materialized in real life, a Pitt class is keeping her fantasy alive.  Prosachik is writing a novel about a fictitious 17-year-old version of herself, a teenaged federal government-recruited spy. “Th...

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

Courtesy of Cody Baker

By Brian Murray / for The Pitt News

February 16, 2016

Two Pittsburgh photographers are offering free alcohol in exchange for a chat and some creativity. Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey draw Pittsburgh’s cultural and artistic community together under one roof to promote collaboration during their three-hour schmooze fests, called “Creatives Drink.” O...

Fun-A-Day returns to Pittsburgh for ninth year

Art by Jeff Brunner, photo courtesy of Emma Rehm

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016

A creative idea and the drive to get it done — that’s all it takes to exhibit artwork in Fun-a-Day, a national event with a loyal Pittsburgh following. Fun-a-Day, a volunteer-run concept that started in Philadelphia 12 years ago, has spread to cities all across America as an event focused  more on the pro...

Q&A: Yancy balances work and play

By Lexi Kennell / for The Pitt News

February 5, 2016

In between working as a non-profit hero in a children’s hospital and writing fiction, modern day Clark Kent, Melissa Yancy, became this year’s recipient of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. As a result, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Los Angeles resident Yancy’s manuscript “Dog Yea...

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

The Erroll Garner display recently opened in the William Pitt Union | Staff Photographer

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

February 3, 2016

Just as Jackie Robinson had Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh native and jazz pianist Erroll Garner had Martha Glaser. The University will unveil a display in the William Pitt Union today that showcases jazz memorabilia featuring Garner and Glaser, his manager and a civil rights champion. The memorabilia...

Prairie art companion: student exhibit showcases annual Wyoming trip

The Studio Arts Summer 2015 Creative Research Exhibition opened January 15th in the University Art Gallery.  Theo Schwartz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016

Picture pieces of rusted iron, makeshift fly swatters and pairs of turquoise and purple gloves. It might seem difficult to draw a connection between these individual items, but the new exhibit on display at the Frick Fine Arts Building’s University Art Gallery contains all of them, each speaking ...

Laskas discusses ‘Concussion’

Courtesy Jeanne Marie Laskas
Photo © Scott Goldsmith

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

January 18, 2016

Before a slew of NFL allegations, outcry over football and a blockbuster film, a journalist was chasing her curiosity to concussion research. Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article-turned-book and now film adaptation “Concussion,” didn’t start as the controversial lightning rod it is today. The story, abo...

Vine star Enick finds comedy in seconds

Nathan Enick cries about his lack of money for chicken nuggets in his most popular vine.

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016

One switch of his camera to selfie mode, and Pitt student Nathan Enick becomes someone else. He’s Sherri, the neighbor who loves to brag about her exceptional baking skills while casually showing off her artisan baguettes. Or he’s Will, the roommate who only sees the light of day for emergencie...

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015

Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Oakland’s Carnegie Library encourages its visitors to get chatty. That’s when the Japanese Conversation Club meets, in the library’s large print room. Nearly 20 participants sit at three separate tables. It’s obvious that attendees are familiar wit...

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